Deputy-involved shooting in Beverly Hills

Shortly before 2 p.m. on May 22, deputies responded to a call for a service at a home on Filmore Street in Beverly Hills in response to a suspect breaking car windows.

When deputies arrived, the suspect displayed deadly force. As a result, the deputy on scene fired his weapon to neutralize the threat

“This was a very dangerous situation that risked the lives of dozens of innocent people and consumed our full-attention in order to protect our citizens,” said Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast.

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County parks to reopen

Citrus County reopens all parks on Friday, May 1, 2020, for recreational activities following CDC guidelines and direction from the Citrus County Health Department.

Fort Island Gulf Beach and Hernando Beach remain closed, in an abundance of caution, pending water quality results.

Federal and state social distancing/gathering guidelines remain in place. Groups of more than 10 will not be permitted, and social distancing of six feet is necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Missing Homosassa woman, 75, found by Walmart employees

Diane McInnis found

After over a week of exhaustive searches, including the use of K9s, air support, and volunteer search parties, Diane Mcinnis was found alive in the early morning hours of April 16th, 2020.

While performing a routine traffic stop in front of the Homosassa Walmart, Sergeant Callahan was approached by two Walmart employees who described hearing strange noises coming from the wooded area behind the store.

After clearing his stop, Sergeant Callahan began inspecting the area when he heard the faint sounds of a woman’s voice. Callahan found Diane Mcinnis in a five foot ravine, and immediately came to her aid while calling for emergency medical services. EMS evaluated Ms. Mcinnis on scene, and she was later transported to a local medical facility.

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DHS, USDA move to protect American farmers and ensure continued flow of America’s food supply

The Department of Homeland Security, with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has announced a temporary final rule to change certain H-2A requirements to help U.S. agricultural employers avoid disruptions in lawful agricultural-related employment, protect the nation’s food supply chain, and lessen impacts from the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.

These temporary flexibilities will not weaken or eliminate protections for U.S. workers.

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Paper applications for Reemployment Assistance offered at CareerSource centers

OCALA, Fla. (April 7, 2020) – To help ease delays encountered by those filing for Reemployment Assistance, paper applications will be available for curbside pickup starting tomorrow at all CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion and CareerSource North Central Florida career centers.

The forms will be supplied Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  They can also be downloaded at and

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Sheriff’s Office investigates human remains found in Crystal River

On Saturday, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the discovery of human skeletal remains located in a wooded area near West Dunnellon Road between North U.S.  19 and North Citrus Avenue, in Crystal River.

Detectives with the CCSO’s Major Crimes Unit and Forensics Unit, along with Medical Examiner’s Office, responded and secured the scene.

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